News from 2009

IRDP staff and contractors conducted a Nuclear Executive Workshop at the Hanoi offices of the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS). The workshop included training sessions on regulatory agency structure; regulatory functions and activities; staffing; training and qualification programs. VARANS staff participated in “breakout” sessions where they could discuss options for developing their regulatory program. At the conclusion of the session, IRDP and VARANS management reached agreement on directions for cooperation in the coming year.
A paper describing the IRDP approach to development and implementation of a regulatory agency was presented at the ANS annual meeting in Atlanta. The paper described IRDP work in support of regulatory agencies in countries with emerging nuclear licensing programs. There was a great deal of interest and discussion on the part of attendees.
IRDP presented its first training session this month; a three-day program on site review at the Hanoi headquarters of the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS). The content of the session mirrored the technical requirements and guidance contained in documents developed by the IRDP. Participants in the training consisted on management and staff of VARANS and a visitor from the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) of South Africa.